Toya Fick is the Oregon Executive Director of Stand for Children. After earning her BA in political science from the University of Chicago, Fick became an educator and taught middle school in Louisiana and Washington, DC. In 2005, Fick began to use her teaching experience to advise former Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton on education policy. Here, she authored legislation that provides support for low-income students throughout the country. She then became an advocate for equitable outcomes in education on behalf of the Alliance for Excellence in Education, the Oregon Health and Science University, and Stand for Children.
Fick has spent much of her career working to create more equitable schools for all children in Oregon. She was one of the primary authors for Ballot Measure 98, which provided over $750 million to support career-connected learning opportunities in high schools throughout Oregon. Since its implementation, the graduation rate for students in Oregon has significantly increased. She played a critical role in passing the Student Success Act, the Black Student Success Act, and numerous other bills in the Oregon Legislature. Fick currently serves as the Board Chair for the Meyer Memorial Trust, Foundations for a Better Oregon, and the International Women’s Forum of Oregon. Fick considers her most important role of her life is being the mother of two incredible young children.